Melford

And

Martha Lou

Swinehart

Family History

 

By Joe A. Swinehart

 

January 2002

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PREFACE

 

 

 

The purpose of this document is to provide a more personal view of our family history than is available using genealogy software, which mostly deals with the dates and relationships of family members. The information contained in here should be viewed in conjunction with the family genealogy material to obtain an accurate picture of all family members and ancestors. In many cases I have included material contained in historical documents and or news clippings such as obituaries. In all cases the reference material is cited and the material is indented. The spelling and grammar of this material was left in the original state. The purpose of including this material is to support information I have provided as well as to familiarize the reader with observations from another era. I have attempted to include only true and accurate information and to list the source of any quotations that I have used. A good deal of the information however, relies on the memories of individuals including myself and so should be taken as such. Further, a special note of acknowledgement and appreciation is due the following: Aunt Martha Shough, Aunt Tena Koehler, and Marilyn Baughman for all the information, stories and pictures they provided on the Moyer and Hufford side of the family; Aunt Mariam and Uncle Carl Veith, and Wanda Lee Fulscher for the information, pictures and stories that they provided on the Swinehart and Courtad side of the family. Also I need to thank my brothers and their families for personal information they provided and to especially thank my wife Miriam for her editing my ramblings. Also thank you to my family for their patience and understanding for putting up with me while I was spending countless hours on this project.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Ancient History

Jacob Swinehart and Joseph Peter Swinehart

Ancestral Names Associated with the Swinehart Line and a Brief History

Courtad

Heininger

Von Blon

Weist

Wilt/Wild

Dunkleberger

Cooperrider

Ancestral Names Associated with the Moyer Line and a Brief History

Moyer

Keister

Hufford

Smith

Straw

Recent History

Roy Sylvester Moyer and Sallie Christean Hufford

John Stanley Swinehart and Bernice Mary Courtad

Melford Eugene Swinehart and Martha Lou Moyer

Joseph Allen Swinehart

Douglas Gene Swinehart

Neil Lon Swinehart

John Roy Swinehart

Scot Eric Swinehart

Jason Hale Swinehart

The Next Generation

Nicole Lee Swinehart

Ryan Eric Swinehart

Courtney Ellen Boecher

Luke David Swinehart

Brittany Marie Orians

Michael Walden Maynard

Kaleb Pierce Swinehart

Jonathan James Swinehart

Marielle Paige Swinehart

Aaron Michael Swinehart

Jennifer Elizabeth Salyer

My Story: Joseph Allen Swinehart

Childhood

Adulthood

Appendix

Heininger Family History

Informational Internet Web Sites

 

Ancient History:

The Swinehart name is the 10,555th most popular surname in the United States and its frequency is .0001%. The Swinehart family has been traced back nearly 400 years to 1620 in Kunsbach Wertemberg Germany. The earliest known ancestor is Conrad Schweinhardt. Along the path from Schweinhardt to Swinehart there have been a number of variations to the name. Some of these variations may have been started as the result of spelling derivations such as Shwyhart, Swainhart, Swynhart, Swineheart and Swinhart, and others may have been more conscious changes such as Hartswine, Swihart, and Swanhart - the reasons for which are unknown. Most of the variations of the name (Swihart and Schwyhart), originate with the descendants of Hanns George Schweinhardt rather than with the George Micheal Schweinhardt line from whom we are descended. The one thing that is increasingly clear is that regardless of how the name is spelled or which variation it is, we are almost all related and all the ancestors have been traced back to Conrad Schweinhardt who was the father of both George Micheal and Hanns George both also born in Kunsbach Wertemberg Germany. In the genealogy files, I have attempted to show where the break occurred for each significant variation that I am aware of.

The meaning of the name itself and how and where it was derived is also unknown with a number of interpretations. One of the legends I discovered from another Swinehart family through the internet claims the name originated in Germany when a Teutonic king – August the Straeger - was wild boar hunting in the Black Forest with a number of his men. Using a crossbow, he attempted to shoot an arrow at a boar and missed his mark hitting the boar in the shoulder, making the animal charge the king. A young man bravely jumped in front of the king and stabbed the charging boar in the heart with a short knife thereby saving the king from being hurt. The king in turn knighted the young man and gave him the name of Von Schweinhardt. The story was told to a Swinehart and a copy of the letter describing the tale is available in this document. Another explanation, perhaps more common if not as exciting, is that the meaning of the name, like that of many names, is based on the occupation of some distant ancestor – that of a swine herder. Still another story is recalled that was told to me by a very old literature professor in college. Supposedly the wild boar or swine is very ferocious, easily provoked to attack and difficult for hunters to kill. The early Vikings when successful at killing a large boar would mount the severed head on their long ships as a sign of their ferociousness and anyone named Schweinhardt was considered to have a strong, fierce heart and could not be easily hurt. So much for stories of the past.

Regardless of how the name came about, it is now Swinehart and the earliest known ancestor is Conrad Schweinhardt. Very little personal information is known about our earliest family members. There are a number of facts such as spouses’ names, children, birth, death, and marriage dates, where they lived and died and in many instances occupations are known. This information, as much as is known, is found in the genealogy reports and are available with this material. The direct paternal descendants of Conrad Schweinhardt are as follows: Conrad Schweinhardt, Hans Gabriel Schweinhard, George Michael Schweinhard, Andreas Swinehart Sr., Johannes Swinehart, Johannes Swinehart Jr., Jacob Swinehart, Joseph Peter Swinehart, John Stanley Swinehart, Melford Eugene Swinehart and me (actually me - - - - and five brothers).

It would be wonderful if we could just hop into a time machine and magically go back in time and visit these ancient ancestors. We could sit and talk to them and ask them to explain all the things we haven’t been able to piece together. Perhaps we would learn what characteristics or behaviors have been carried down through the generations and at what points in our family history special events occurred and their significance to today’s generations. Unfortunately we don’t have this luxury and we have to try to put the pieces together and learn from history as best we can without the direct help of our ancestors. It is to this end that I have attempted to bring together as much information as I can about our family’s history. I have dedicated considerable time and energy to this project so that current and future generations will have access to the information. It is also my hope that future generations will build on this information so that there is always a resource available for the Swinehart family to access.

I have found very little information concerning Conrad – only that he was born in 1620 in Kunsbach Wertemberg Germany, and died after January 21, 1672/73, and that he had a son Hans Gabriel. I have been unable to determine whom he was married to or if he had any other children. Hans Gabriel was born May 8, 1649 and died July 27, 1725 at the age of 76. He married Eva Stutzen and they had two children. She died in 1675 and he then married Elizabetha Barbara Appolonie Steinbach. They had eight children including George Micheal. George Micheal was the first to cross the Atlantic and make it to America. Another son of Hans Gabriel and brother to George Micheal – Hanns or Johann George – came to America a few years later and settled in the Monacacy Valley Frederick County Maryland. Although most documentation reflects that George Micheal was the first to come to America, it should be noted that some sources claim that George’s brother, Johann George, was the first to arrive on these shores. I am not certain which is accurate and have yet to follow through on researching this issue.

George Micheal was born before August 17, 1695 in Jungholzhausen Baden-Wuertemberg Germany and died in Montgomery County Pennsylvania November 12, 1760 at the age of 65. He married Eleonora Magdalena Eckert after declaring his intentions three times as was the custom. They went to live in Nesselbach to be near her family. He was not a citizen of Nesselbach but worked as a wooden utensil maker. George Micheal’s voyage aboard the ship the Pensilvania Merchant with his wife and 4-5 children is well documented in various sources available on the internet. The ship’s captain was Captain Stedman. George Micheal’s name on the ship's log was recorded as "Jerich Micael Swynhart". They reached America on 9/11/1732. He lived in Philadelphia Montgomery County Pennsylvania. He became an American citizen 9/24/1755. He was a member and churchwarden of the New Hanover Lutheran Church. He and his wife are buried near or under the back right corner of the newest church building of the New Hanover Lutheran Church. As stated previously, in Germany he was a wooden utensil maker and in America he became a farmer as was most of our ancestors. They had ten children including Andreas.

Andreas Sr. and his son, Johannes Sr., apparently both spent their lives in Northumberland County Pennsylvania – in the Mahoney or Augusta township areas. Johannes Jr. was the first to move to Ohio residing in Hopewell Township, Perry County Ohio. At Glenford, Perry County Ohio, there are 48 Swineharts and many more related names, buried at the St. Paul Church Cemetery. Jacob was the first to move to Wyandot County. Andreas was a Revolutionary War patriot, Johannes Jr. was in the War of 1812, John Henry (son of Jacob) at the age of 28 was killed in the Battle of Gettysburg during the Civil War, and many other relatives – uncles etc served in military conflicts.

The following is taken from research done by Carol Foss Swinehart concerning Andreas Swinehart’s service in the Revolutionary War:

Andreas Swinehart- Revolutionary War, 1st, 2nd, or 3rd Battalion, Berks Co, PA Militia, 1777 & 1778 Capt. Shable's Company -Seventh Class -; 3rd Battalion, Berks Co Militia commanded by Col Michael Linenmuth, Captain Wetstons Company in Braunshweig, Tp in 28 Apr 1780, 2nd Class; receives Depreciation Pay Brunswick Township 1778

Andreas Sweinhard/t, son of Juerg Michael/Georg Michael Schweinhardt and wf, Eleonora Magdalena Eckert, born ca 1737 in Philadelphia Co, PA and married circa 1759 to Elizabeth Specht. This union produced 11 children. Andreas and Elizabeth lived in Braunschweig Township in Berks Co, PA until after Jan 1786 (date he bought land from Jesse Yarnall). They then moved to Northumberland Co, Augusta Township where Andreas died circa 1804; his wife preceded him in death. His burial place is unknown, but assumed to be somewhere in Augusta Township, Northumberland Co, PA.

Andreas Sr. was born in 1737 in Philadelphia County Pennsylvania and died at the age of 67 November 13, 1804 in Northumberland County Pennsylvania. He married Elizabeth Specht and they had eleven children. The children were: Johannes Sr., Johan Georg – married Barbara Allspach, Johan Ludwig – married Rachel dale, Andreas John – married Salome Unknown, Elizabeth, Anna Maria, Jacob – married Catherine LaRue, Rosina, Johan Henrich – married Margaret Unknown, Maria Magdalena, and Anna Maria.

Very little is known about the occupations of earlier ancestors, however, once in America, most were carpenters and/or farmers. Both Johannes Sr. and Jr. were skilled "house carpenters" or cabinetmakers as well as farmers. Other popular occupations among many uncles in this line include weavers, constables, gunsmiths, and several were active in local politics. Most were active in church activities – the earliest in the Luthern Church. Almost all direct grandfathers lived to be at least 65 and most had large families, as did most early pioneers. It was very common to find families having ten or more children. Some of the most popular family given names include: Hans, Gabriel, Elizabeth, George, Eva, Johan, Micheal, Johannes, Andreas, Jacob, Joseph, Peter, Simon and Margaretha.

Johannes Swinehart Sr. was born May 26, 1761 in Berks County Pennsylvania and died at the age of 64 on July 15, 1825. He married Magdalena Dunkelberger and had six children. The children were: Johannes Jr., Christina – married John F. Feister, Maria Sara – married Micheal Boob, Maria Sophia – married John Lynn and then married Phillip Fry, Andreas (Andrew) - married Elizabeth Gottschall and then married Louisa Reiss, and Magdalena – married Henrich G. Kobel.

Johannes Swinehart Jr. was born October 13, 1784 in Northumberland County Pennsylvania and died February 25, 1838 at age 53 in Hopewell Township Perry County Ohio. He married Christina Gruber/Greever before 1860 in Pennsylvania. She was born August 1790, and died February 12, 1855 in Perry County Ohio. Both are buried in the St. Paul Church Cemetery, Glenford Hopewell Township Perry County Ohio. It is interesting to note that John or Johannes’ cemetery marker has his name spelled as Swineheart even though other records spell it as Swinehart. Johannes’ occupation was a cabinetmaker, carpenter, and farmer. He went to Perry County Ohio in 1812 when he received a land grant from President James Madison for land in Hopewell Township. He arrived there before his brother Andrew and was in the War of 1812 as a private serving under Captain Adam Binkley.

The following was taken from the History of Perry County – Hopewell Township. It is unclear if the John Swinehart refers to the junior or senior Swinehart:

About 1815 or 1816, Henry and Andrew Walters, John Swinehart, Jonathan Franks and Peter Mechling, having been informed that a den of cub wolves had been captured among the rocks of Section 9, and were still left alive, these men assembled to capture older wolves. One by one the young ones were held up by the ears, when some of them would utter a howl of distress. This was kept up until many wolves would skulk into view, but with such caution that only the mother of the cubs was slain. William Mechling was then Justice of the Peace, and the scalp of the old one, and all the cubs bodily, were presented to him, for the certificate which he had to sign in order to draw the premium allowed for such scalps. Brush burning at night would, so late as 1815, set the wolves to howling all around so frightfully as to drive the workmen into their cabins for security.

There is very little information on Johannes Jr. although he is named as one of the earliest settlers in Hopewell Township in Perry County Ohio. The following is taken from the History of Perry County and Hopewell Township:

"Hopewell was originally organized as a political township, about 1810. The source from whence the name was derived, does not appear to be known, but it is worthy of note, that two neighboring townships ---one in Licking and the other in Muskingum---bear the same name. A majority of the early settlers were Pennsylvania Germans, who were, in religion, Lutherans, German Reformed and Tunkers or Dunkards. There is a claim that one Ridenour, whose first name has not been obtained, was the first settler of the township, but this is by no means certain, and it now seems to be impossible to determine with any considerable degree of accuracy, who was, in reality, the first permanent settler. It is evident, however, that the Ridenours, Zartmans, Swineharts, Cooperriders, Skinners, Strawns, Helsers, Bowmans and Basores, were among the earlier settlers. The following named persons were residents of the township, as early as 1816 or 1817: Asa Wilson, John Jonas, James Bogle, James Dean, George Stockbarger, Wm. Armstrong, Holmes Bogle, Benjamin Shelley, Daniel Nunnemaker, John Basore, Peter Eversole, Charles Hamisfar, John Helser, Joseph Ferguson, Cornelius Skinner, Henry Warner, David Boyer, Alexander Zartman, George Gordon, Henry Walters, John Strawn, John Helser, William Skinner, Jacob Ridenour, Philip Rousculp, Wm. Dannison, Thomas Tipton, Daniel Parkinson, Jacob Keefover, Wm. King, George Shelley, Sen., James Ramsey, Jacob Fought, Isaac Fickle, Daniel Fickle, John Swinehart, Lewis Wilson, John Cooperrider, Adam Cover, Robert Herron, Henry Zartman, John Daniels, Joseph Wheatcraft, Edward Wheatcraft. Jonathan Franks, Adam Wiseman, George Swinehart, John Ridenour, Isaac Wilson, Martin Ridenour, Andrew Smith, Henry Fought, Isaac Ridenour, Benjamin Overmyer, James Wilson, "

Peter Swinehart is the son of Johannes Jr. and brother of my great great grandfather - Jacob who first settled in Wyandot County. The following information about Peter Swinehart is taken from a book entitled the History of Perry County, and is included in this because it provides information about John and mentions of Jacob:

SWINEHART, PETER, farmer, was born in 1810, in section nineteen, Hopewell township; has been Justice of the Peace twenty-one years, county commissioner six years; has held every office in his township except constable, and has been a resident of this township for seventy-two consecutive years. His great grandfather and mother, tradition affirms, crossed the ocean from Germany with a large family, and being able to pay only the fare of the younger and more helpless of their children, the older ones were hired to service in America to settle the bill. Whether John, the grandfather of Peter Swinehart, was among the last named, is not known, but that he lived in Northumberland county, Pennsylvania, and there reared a respectable family, among whom was his son John, the father of Peter, is certain. Leaving all his relatives in Pennsylvania, John Swinehart and his wife emigrated to Perry county in 1807. A few years after, John's father paid him a visit, perhaps in 1810, the year Peter was born, and returned the same year to Pennsylvania. He must have carried back good news of his son John, for in 1814 two sisters of John, the wives of John Linn and Henry Coble, escorted hither by their mother, settled in Perry county. After she had visited her son John, and his wife, and kissed his children, born in the forest home, she bade good bye to her two daughters and to her son John, mounted one of the horses that had pulled the wagon from Pennsylvania, and rode home. She was a small sized, sprightly woman, of fearless heart. At the same time, or at least the same year, there came Andrew Swinehart, son of him who crossed the ocean, uncle of John, and great uncle of John's son Peter. This ancient Andrew, who either came with his father over the sea, or was soon after born in Pennsylvania, settled as a carpenter and joiner in Somerset, where he died. This Andrew was the father of the late venerable Samuel Swinehart, who died on his farm near Somerset, and Jacob, who died at the toll-gate east of Somerset, and of Daniel and Peter Swinehart, who lived in Circleville, Ohio, and of George, the father of that Samuel who now resides in section thirty-two, Hopewell. When Peter was only a few years of age, his father, John Swinehart, moved from section nineteen to section nine, Hopewell, and before his cabin was chunked and daubed, and quilts were hung on the wall for protection, and while his wife expected soon to be confined in childbed, he was drafted into the army, reported at Franklinton, and failing to get leave of absence, crossed the Scioto, broke through the ice, and after a tedious and perilous journey through the woods, reached home, arranged for the comfort of his family, returned to military duty, was arraigned for desertion and bailed by Jacob Anspach, afterwards the father-in-law of Peter, and served until honorably discharged. The brothers of Peter are Jacob, Little Sandusky, Ohio; Jonathan, Henderson county, Illinois; Samuel, deceased in Hopewell township; Daniel, deceased in Fulton county, Indiana; George, Black Swamp, Sandusky county, Ohio; Andrew, Bloomdale, Wood county, Ohio; and his sisters are Sally, deceased wife of George Anspach, Thorn township; Elizabeth, deceased wife of Jacob Cooperider, Thorn township; Katharine, deceased wife of Jerome Stalter, deceased; and Juda, wife of Jacob Lawrence, post office, Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Peter Swinehart was married to Miss Sophia Anspach in 1834. She died in 1881, in the sixty-seventh year of her life, and the forty-seventh of her marriage. Their children and post offices are Simon P., Glenford, married to Elizabeth Shelley; John, Arcola, Illinois, married to Susan Bowman; George Henry, Linville, Ohio, married to Martha Orr; Elizabeth, wife of Lewis Cooperider, Glenford; Ann Sophia, wife of Emanuel Cooperider, Glenford; Magdalena, wife of Oliver Cooperider, Glenford; Margaret, wife of George H. Bowers, Gratiot, Ohio; Nancy C., wife of George Hupp, Brownsville, Ohio; Levina Emeline, wife of Joseph H. Orr, Glenford, and Melzena Alice Swinehart. Peter relates that an uncle, sometime about the year 1812, entered a half section of land, made the required down payment; and failing to meet the back payments, the land reverted to the government. Subsequently the certificates held for such lands were made receivable by act of Congress for their face value at any land office of the United States. In 1830 Peter applied one certificate to eighty acres of land ten miles west of Fremont, at the Tiffin, Ohio, land office, for himself, and did the same for his father. Fourteen years later he sold his eighty for $300, and a year later half of it sold for $400, and now the whole eighty is estimated to be cheap at $4,000. Peter Swineheart weighs one hundred and seventy-five pounds, is about five feet ten inches in height, and his head measures twenty-three and one-half inches in circumference. He has furnished an interesting assortment of facts relating to early days in Perry county, which appear in the general history of Hopewell township.

The above information is important because it details information about Johannes Jr. who is significant in our family history because he was the first to come to Ohio. In addition it identifies his children and where they located. We know that Johannes Jr.’s son, Jacob, located to Little Sandusky in Wyandot County, but it is interesting to note where the others went. First I want to point out what the article says about my great great great grandfather Johannes (John) Jr., besides being the first to move to Ohio. In addition, Johannes Jr. was drafted into the military service during the War of 1812 and was sent to Franklinton (which is now the south western portion of Columbus) from near Glenford, (which is over 30 miles south east of Columbus). Apparently this occurred under urgent circumstances. He was unable to make arrangements to have his family provided for in his absence, so he deserted the military after reaching Franklinton and made it back to his family. After making necessary arrangements (probably with neighbors and friends) for his family’s care and comfort he returned to face the desertion charges. His son Peter’s father-in-law (Jacob Anspach) posted bail for Johannes Jr., then he served in the military until honorably discharged.

As stated previously, it is interesting to see how the family spread out from Perry County and it may help explain why Jacob went to Wyandot County. The children of Johannes Jr. and Christina Gruber/Greever and where they were living when the article was written are as follows:

Jacob – Married Mary Ann Kelly and moved to Little Sandusky Wyandot County Ohio.

Peter Simon – Whom the above article was written about – Married Sophia Anspach and stayed in Perry County Ohio.

Jonas Jonathan – Married Elizabeth Spohn and lived in Henderson County Illinois.

Samuel J. – Married Jane Kelley and lived in Perry County Ohio. (Although Samuel remained in Perry County his son Benjamin moved to Wyandot County and most of the Swinehart individuals in Wyandot County are descendants of either Jacob or Benjamin.)

Daniel Dana – Married Syrena Waggoner and lived in Fulton County Indiana.

George – Married Susan Claybaugh-Bach and lived in Black Swamp Sandusky County Ohio.

Andrew – Married Lydia Stimmel and lived in Bloomdale Wood County Ohio.

Sara Sally – Married George Anspach and lived in Thorn Township Perry County Ohio.

Elizabeth – Married Jacob Cooperrider and lived in Thorn Township Perry County Ohio.

Catherine – Married Jerome Stalter.

Juda Judith – Married Jacob Lawrence and lived in Upper Sandusky Ohio.

From the above you can see that four of the children remained in Perry County. Of the others, one moved to Indiana, one moved to Illinois, one moved to Sandusky County Ohio, and one moved to Wood County Ohio. The other two – Jacob and his sister Juda - went to Wyandot County. It is also interesting that of Peter’s children, three married Cooperrider family members, and two married Orr family members.

The following is taken from the History of Perry County – Hopewell Township and describes the founding of the St. Paul Church:

St. Paul's Lutheran Church, popularly known as Smith's Church, was also organized in 1818, under the ministration of Rev. Andrew Henkel. The following names are given as among the early members: Paul Bean, Peter Hetrick, William Mechling, John Swinehart, Martin Ridenour, Philip Rousculp, Isaac Ridenour, John Ridenour, Alexander Zartman, Jacob Mechling, Godfrey Weimer, Lewis Ridenhour, Frederick Mechling. The church edifice was built in common by the Lutheran and Reform churches, and is occupied by both denominations.

As mentioned previously, there are over 48 Swineharts buried in the St. Paul’s Church Cemetery (now United Church of Christ) at Glenford in Perry County and it is quite clear that the Swinehart name was well known in this area. The two names below that are in bold letters are my grandparents John (Johannes Jr.) and Christina.

INSCRIPTION RECORD OF STONES IN CEMETERY OF ST. PAUL'S CHURCH, GLENFORD, PERRY CO., OHIO.

SURNAME

GIVEN NAME

BORN

DIED

SWINEHART

Adam

1879

SWINEHART

Amanda A.

1870

SWINEHART

Amelia G.

1867

SWINEHART

Andrew J.

1856

SWINEHART

Anna Elizabeth

1887

1887

SWINEHART

Benjamim

1863

SWINEHART

Bernard

1842

1906

SWINEHART

Carl

SWINEHART

Catherine

1856

SWINEHART

Christina

1855

SWINEHART

Cora J.

1870

1902

SWINEHART

David

1838

1916

SWINEHART

Elias

1846

SWINEHART

Emos E.

1864

SWINEHART

Erven Luther

1860

SWINEHART

Frances

1844

1913

SWINEHART

George Alva

1860

SWINEHART

Hannah

1840

1920

SWINEHART

Ida

SWINEHART

Infant Son of John &Amelia

1846

SWINEHART

Jacob A.

1854

SWINEHART

John

1838

SWINEHART

John

1869

SWINEHART

John A.

1859

SWINEHART

Joseph

1865

SWINEHART

Julia A.

1907

SWINEHART

Lafe

SWINEHART

Lemual M.

1854

SWINEHART

Levi

1842

1906

SWINEHART

Levi

1878

SWINEHART

Lydia A.

1853

SWINEHART

Lydia C.

1848

1924

SWINEHART

Mahala K.

1855

SWINEHART

Margaret

1890

SWINEHART

Margaret A.

1850

SWINEHART

Mary J.

1846

1900

SWINEHART

P. S.

1847

1898

SWINEHART

Peter

1882

SWINEHART

Ruben

1843

1919

SWINEHART

Samuel

1888

SWINEHART

Sarah

1854

SWINEHART

Sarah E.

1841

1924

SWINEHART

Simon

1865

SWINEHART

Simon E.

1866

SWINEHART

Sophia

1881

SWINEHART

Susanna

1892

SWINEHART

Virgie M.

1896

1897

SWINEHART

Wilford

1891

 

Tombstone of John Swineheart

The following is also taken from the History of Perry County – Hopewell Township and describes Glenford:

Glenford, a small village that has grown up since the building of the Newark, Somerset and Straitsville Railroad, is the principal town in Hopewell township. M. Estella Mechling, an intelligent schoolgirl, eleven years of age, describes Glenford as follows:

It is a small town, situated in Hopewell township, Perry county, Ohio, on both sides of Jonathan's Creek, and on the Newark, Somerset and Straitsville Railroad. It is noted for its large sand stone quarries, glass stone and building stone, and limestone for the manufacturing of iron. This limestone is shipped to Newark, Shawnee and other places. Glenford has a population of seventy to eighty, it has two dry goods stores, one school examiner, one grocery, one dress making and fancy store, one carpenter shop, one shoe and boot shop, one blacksmith shop, one gristmill, run by water or steam; one warehouse for wheat, corn, etc.; one tool house, one watering tank, one express office, one post office, one section house, two boarding houses, one sewing machine agent, one agent selling reapers, mowers, wagons and buggies, one physician, one school teacher and two engineers. The town is noted for its beautiful surroundings, its rolling hills, and the hill of the Old Fort, less than a mile south of Glenford. This hill and Fort can be seen from town and is so much of a curiosity [so ancient its date is not known---Compiler] a circle of stone thrown up three or four feet high, inclosing more than twenty-seven acres of land, a big pile of stone within the circle and an entrance to all, between two high rocks. It used to be a pleasant place for the scholars at the school near by. There is a large grove near town, and this is one of the most beautiful places for festivals, Sunday school, or other celebrations, political meetings and pleasure seeking parties. The passenger train passes through Glenford four times every day, Sunday excepted, two local trains and about four coal trains daily.

Recently, my son Jonathan and I took a trip to Glenford to see the cemetery. In addition to the Swinehart name, the cemetery is filled with names related to the Swineharts including Mechling, Cooperrider, Kelly, Zartman, and Ridenour. The cemetery is adjacent to St. Paul’s United Church of Christ Church and is well maintained even though it is very old with many tombstones close together and some have fallen down or are unreadable. The marker of Johannes (John) Jr. is in good shape, clearly readable and standing upright. However, even though Christina died 17 years after Johannes, her marker was lying on the ground, partly broken, and unreadable for the most part. In addition to the Swineharts buried at St. Paul’s Cemetery, there are many Swineharts in the newer Hilltop Cemetery which is also in Glenford and less than a mile from St. Paul’s Cemetery. Needless to say there have been, and there remains, many Swineharts in this area. One of the first sights that Jon and I saw when we entered Glenford was the "Swinehart Country Mart". Unfortunately the little general store was closed, but we were able to meet the owner who happened to be there mowing the lawn. We discovered that he was a descendant of my Great-Great-Grandfather Jacob’s brother, Peter Simon Swinehart. The countryside was beautiful with rolling hills and many trees, which made me wonder why Jacob decided to leave this area, although I suppose it was for the same reasons that most of his siblings left the area. My Aunt Mariam (Swinehart) Veith and Uncle Darrel Swinehart both recalled trips during their youth, to Perry County to attend Swinehart reunions where hundreds of family members would show up. Wanda Lee Fulscher recalls going to "grandma Maggie’s," where there would be a lot of horses and buggies from Perry County and they would have to go out and kill 6-7 chickens to feed everyone. I’m sure such gatherings would be a memorable event, especially since the trip by buggy would have been over 90 miles each way from Glenford to Little Sandusky.

In addition to the Hilltop Cemetery and the St Paul Cemetery, the Good Hope Lutheran Cemetery in Glenford also has three large Swinehart monuments as well as many many Cooperrider monuments. One of the founding members of the church was John Cooperrider, son of the Cooperrider that came from Europe, and to this date most of the members are the descendants of the original Cooperrider founder. Recently, Miriam and I made a trip to this cemetery and it was very interesting to see all of the names that were related to the Swinehart’s in the Glenford area.

Records, in the form of several newspaper clippings, describe the early Swinehart Reunions held alternately in Perry and Wyandot County. From the news articles it appears that the reunions were started in approximately 1907. One such clipping is reprinted below:

FAMILY REUNIONS

The fifth annual reunion of the Swinehart Family was held at the Wyandot county fair grounds Tuesday. The weather being ideal about 200 relatives assembled. At noon a grand picnic dinner was spread on long tables under the trees. In the afternoon a ball game was enjoyed by the men and boys. It was decided to hold the next reunion in Perry county, in August 1913. The following officers were elected: President, J.A. Cooperrider; vice president, C.P. Trout; secretary, Miss Mabel Swinehart; and treasure, George Swinehart.

Those in attendance from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Swinehart, of Bowling Green; Mr. and Mrs. M.R. Cooperrider, Amos Cooperrider and son, Pearl, of Thornville; Mr. and Mrs. William Swartz and daughters, Ethel and Bernice, of Fostoria; Mr. and Mrs. George Swinehart, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Swinehart, Mr. and Mrs. George Cooperrider, of Glenford; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Bolyard and family, of Sycamore; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Swinehart and family, Mr. and Mrs. Erle Wertman and daughter, Maxine; Mrs. C.W. Foucht, Miss Katherine Foucht, Mr. and Mrs. John Weist, Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Hornby and daughter, Imo; Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Roberts and family, Mrs. Frank Klinger, Mrs. Frank Swinehart and family, of Harpster; Mrs. Alfred Miller and daughters, Dorothy and Anna Jane; Mr. and Mrs. John Holdcraft, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Jury and daughter, Roma Fern; Mrs. C.J. Hahn and family , of Nevada; Misses Helen and Kathryn Troup, of New Wilmington, PA; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bolyard, of Convoy; Mr. and Mrs. M.J. Wolfe and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. David Swinehart and sons, Alva and Ivan, of Fremont; C.H. Swinehart, of Bloomdale; and Miss Goldie Dehnhoff, of North Baltimore.

Jacob Swinehart and Joseph Peter Swinehart

There is very little specific written material about either Jacob or his son Joseph. However, the 1884 History of Wyandot County Ohio - Pitt Township, includes a brief biography of both men and it is copied here:

"Jacob Swinehart was born in Perry County, Ohio, August 30, 1814. He is a son of John and Christina Swinehart, natives of Virginia and of German ancestry. The latter's grandfather Kelly, a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and the former's father a soldier in the war of 1812. Jacob Swinehart remained, till he arrived at his majority, with his parents, and returned to assist his mother after the death of his father. He learned the carpenter's trade with his brother, and engaged in that business several years. He was married, August 30, 1838, to Mary A. Kelly daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Longwell) Kelly, natives of Ohio and of Irish extraction, and nine children were born to this union-Mary A. (wife of Aaron Cooperrider), Sarah (wife of J. A. Smith), Joseph P., Christina A. (wife of Peter Mustachler), Emma (wife of John Weist), John H., Elizabeth A., Eliza J. and Lydia E. Mrs. Swinehart was born March 1, 1816. Mr. S. located on his present farm in 1848. He owns ninety acres, all in good state of cultivation. He erected a comfortable dwelling in 1875, since which time his health has been rapidly failing. He is a Democrat; himself and wife both members of the German Reformed Church.

Jacob, as stated previously, was the first to leave Perry County and to relocate to Wyandot County. It is not known why he decided to leave the Perry County area. Jacob died December 25, 1883 in Wyandot County Ohio at the age of 68. He married Mary Ann Kelley August 30, 1838 in Perry County Ohio. She was born March 01, 1816 in Perry County Ohio and died December 28, 1886 in Wyandot County Ohio. They had nine children: John Henry (who died June 15, 1863 at age 23 during the Battle of Gettysburg in the Civil War), Elisabeth Ann, Eliza Jane – whom died at age 18, Mary Ann (married Aaron Cooperrider), Sarah Easter (married Jeremiah A. Smith), Lydia Ellen – died at age 2, Joseph Peter (my great grandfather), Christina A. "Tena" (married Peter Muchler), and Emma Catherine (married John Wiest). Jacob and his wife Mary Ann, are both buried in the Little Sandusky Cemetery Wyandot County Ohio. The monument includes inscriptions for Jacob, Mary Ann, son John Henry and two daughters Eliza Jane and Lydia Ellen.

Additional research is needed on Jacob’s son – John Henry who was killed in the Civil War. He was clearly identified in the 1884 History of Wyandot County under the military section. The reference book indicates that John Henry first served as a private in the three-month service of the 15th Ohio Infantry - Company C under Captain W.T Wilson. John Henry is also listed as serving in the three year 123rd Ohio Infantry as corporal and listed as a musician (this is probably as a drummer or maybe bugle). It appears that he may also have served in the Iowa Fourth Infantry. I have been unable to confirm this or his death in the Gettysburg Battle, but will pursue this in the future.

From the 1884 History of Wyandot County Ohio - Pitt Township:

Joseph P. Swinehart was born in this township January 13, 1852. He is a son of Jacob and Mary A. (Kelly) Swinehart, with whom he remained upon the farm till his marriage, March 6, 1879, to Miss Margaret Heininger, daughter of John and Mary (Wilt) Heininger, residents of this township also. The children born to this union are Myrtie A., January 4, 1881, and Joseph H., January 21, 1883. Mrs. Swinehart was born January 1, 1863. Since his marriage, Mr. Swinehart has been tilling his father's farm of ninety acres, with very gratifying success. He is a Democrat; him. self and wife members of the German Reformed Church, and very industrious and well respected citizens."

Joseph Peter Swinehart was a farmer and died February 12, 1922 in Wyandot County Ohio at the age of 70. He married Margaret Heininger March 6, 1879 when he was 27 and she was only 16. She was born January 1, 1863 in Little Sandusky Ohio and died December 11, 1942 in Wyandot County Ohio. Both are buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery Wyandot County Ohio in Section B lot 24 (note: the cemetery directory lists Joseph’s name as Jacob). Also included in their cemetery plot are markers for daughters Emma and Mattie and infant son Jacob Solomon.

Joseph P. Swinehart Homestead

The Joseph P. Swinehart homestead - Rainbow Hill Farm - is located near Little Sandusky off of US Route 23. The house is visible from Route 23 and is just north of the second Coons candy Store. The first Coons store is at the intersection of route 23 and Route 294. The house is painted a dark color and just north of this house is the old house that is back about 200 yards on a dead end road. The old house is where all the children of Joseph and Margaret were born. This house is also the house in which John Stanley and Bernice Swinehart first set up housekeeping. Apparently the Heininger homestead was very near this site also, which explains how Joseph and Margaret met.

The above information, quoted from the History of Wyandot County, was written before the rest of the Joseph Peter Swinehart children were born. Altogether there were nine children. They were: Emma A., Della Myrtie (or Myrtie A.), Joseph Howard, Verna A., Perle A. (married Carrie L. Beidelshies), John Stanley (married Bernice Mary Courtad), Martha Mae (Mattie), Vivian M. (married Horace Chandler), and Jacob Solomon.

Joseph P. and Margaret Swinehart Family

 

 

Margaret Heininger and Joseph Peter Swinehart

Of the five girls, four were school teachers. Joseph’s wife Margaret, or Maggie, as she was known by everyone, wanted to become a teacher but instead she got married when she was 16. According to Mariam Veith, Margaret had something to do with hiring the teachers. Although her role is unclear, Joseph was one of three directors of the Pitt Township Central School, and his wife Margaret may have had some responsibilities in this area as a result of him being a director. There are several "Student Memory" pamphlets listing Joseph P. as a director and Mattie as the teacher for the Pitt township school. The pamphlets also list several Swinehart children as students. Joseph was also one of the original members of the building committee for the Emanuel Reformed Church or "mud church" as it is frequently referred to. This is where most of his children attended church services and also where Melford and Martha Lou Swinehart and family attended.

Joseph died in 1879 when he was 70 years old and Margaret died 20 years later at age 79. Mariam Veith and Wanda Lee Fulscher both recall very little about Joseph, however they do remember frequently, almost every weekend, going to "Grandma Maggie’s" and being pampered by the "Aunties" - Aunt Emma and Aunt Mattie. Aunt Mariam recalled that even though there was a table in the kitchen, the formal dining table would always be set up if anyone came over. As a youngster, she would often have formal tea parties in the dining room with Aunt Emma and Aunt Mattie - serving her tea and "Grandma Maggie" would join in. Even after Joseph died, they still kept chickens and cows. Aunt Mariam remembers seeing Margaret carrying milk buckets with fresh milk. Wanda Lee recalls that Margaret broke her hip when she fell on ice and remained chair-ridden after that. The Aunties put wheels on her rocking chair so they could more easily move her around the house.

Aunt Emma and Aunt Mattie were both single most of their lives and both were teachers, although, Emma worked for and retired from the Western Union Telegraph. Both aunts frequently traveled and occasionally they would invite Mariam and Wanda Lee to go on vacations with them. One trip was taken to the Mississippi River when Aunt Mariam was a young child and she remembers all of them taking their shoes off and sticking their feet in the river. Darrel Swinehart remembers going to Joseph and Margaret’s home and sitting on their front porch and watching the cars go by on State Route 23.

The following obituary was copied from a newspaper clipping and is assumed to be from the Daily Chief Union but not named:

JOSEPH P. SWINEHART

Dies At His Home In Pitt Township,

Early Friday Morning

Joseph P. Swinehart died at his home, six miles south of town, in Pitt township, Friday morning at 7:30 o’clock. Death was due to pericarditis, with which he had been bedfast the past week.

Joseph Peter Swinehart was the son of Jacob and Mary Ann Swinehart, both deceased, and was born in Pitt township January 13, 1852, being aged 70 years and 27 days at the time of death. On March 6, 1879 he was united in marriage to miss Margaret Heininger, who survives. To this union were born nine children, eight of whom survive, one having died in infancy. Those living are Mrs. Arthur Jury, of near Wyandot; Howard Swinehart, of Toledo; Mrs. Minor Swihart and Mrs. Emma Swihart, of Columbus; Pearl Swinehart, of southwest of town; Mrs. Horace Chandler, of near Marseilles and John and Miss Mattie Swinehart, at home. Besides his wife and children, Mr. Swinehart also leaves two sisters, Mrs. John Weist of south of town, and Mrs. Mary Cooperrider, of near Newark. Mr. Swinehart was a member of Emanuel’s Reformed church in Pitt township and of the Macccabee lodge. He followed the occupation of farming all his life and was a splendid man, possessing a wide circle of friends.

The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock at the Little Sandusky Methodist Episcopal Church, conducted by rev. Jesse Swank, of Marion. Burial will be made in Oak Hill cemetery.

OBITUARY

Joseph Peter Swinehart, son of Jacob and Mary Kelly Swinehart, both deceased, was born in Pitt Township January 13, 1852; departed this life February 10, 1922, at 8 o’clock, after a weeks illness. The immediate cause of his death was pericarditis. He was aged at the time of his demise 70 years and 28 days. Sixty years of his life was spent on the Swinehart homestead where he was born, within a quarter of a mile of where he spent the remainder of his life. He was married to Margaret Heininger March 6, 1879. Besides the bereaved wife, he leaves to mourn the loss of a devoted father of the following children, Mrs. Adella Jurey, of near Wyandot; Howard Swinehart, of Toledo; Mrs. Verna Swihart, of Columbus; Perle Swinehart, of near Upper Sandusky; Mrs. Vivian Chandler, of Marseilles; Emma, of Columbus; John and Mattie at home. One son Solomon died in infancy. He also leaves four grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. John Weist of Little Sandusky and Mrs. Mary Cooperrider of Thornville, including a host of relatives and friends to mourn his loss.

Mr. Swinehart was an active member of Emmanuel’s Reformed Church in Pitt Township, faithfully serving as deacon for over twenty years, until ill health prevented. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Maccabees. He was a man of good moral character; a good neighbor and a gentleman worthy of esteem and respected by all. Heroically he bore his sufferings with great patience, always having a smile of greeting for his many friends who were always assured of a welcome in his home.

The following were donors of flowers at the funeral of Mr. Swinehart: Blanket of roses, narcissuses, and lilies, the family; spray of roses, narcissuses, and hyacinths, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Bardon; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Moser, Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Bardon, Mr. and Mrs. John Harbry, Mrs. and Mrs. Harry Bardon, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Clinger; spray of carnations and hyacinths, Mrs. Caroline Coons; spray of pink and white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Nitauer, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Hinamen, Mr. and Mrs. John Heininger and family; spray mixed flowers, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sammett and family; spray of red and white carnations, Clyde Emptage; spray of pink and white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. August Courtad and daughter, miss Bernice; spray of mixed carnations, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Stalter, Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Courtad and Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Stalter, spray of mixed flowers, Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Stalter, Mr. and Mrs. George Stalter; spray of carnations, Mr. and Mrs. L.H. Chandler and family and Mr. and Mrs. Ira clinger; spray of hyacinth and narcissuses, Mr. and Mrs. M.C. Snyder and family; spray of pink and white carnations, Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Williams; bouquet of carnations, the Gleaners class of Marseilles, Methodist Episcopal Church; wreath of carnations and lilies, K.O.T.M. lodge, spray of narcissuses, the Western union Telegraph, Columbus; spray of white carnations, woodmen cedar Grove No. 2, Columbus.

Those from a distance in attendance at the funeral were Martin Cooperrider, of Thornville, Saul Swinehart, of Bowling Green, Mrs. Nathan Denhoff and Mr. and Mrs. Don Denhoff, of North Baltimore, Peter Swinehart and sons, Oliver, Charles and Claude of Findlay.

The following obituary was copied from a newspaper clipping entitled "Mrs. Jacob Swinehart…" and in what appears to be Bernice Swinehart’s handwriting, the name Jacob is crossed out and Joseph written above it indicating it was an error. It is assumed that the obituary is from the Daily Chief Union.

Mrs. Jacob Swinehart Dies Tuesday Morning

Extended Illness Terminates In Death of Estimable Woman

Mrs. Margaret H. Swinehart, 79, widow of Jacob Swinehart, and well known and respected resident of Wyandot County, passed away at her home south of this city, Tuesday morning at 9:45 o’clock. She had been bedfast the past fourteen weeks, death being attributed to complications.

Mrs. Swinehart sustained a broken hip in a fall December 15, 1937, and had been in failing health since that time. In May 1941, she suffered a stroke leaving her invalid.

Born in Pitt township January 1, 1863, Mrs. Margaret Heininger Swinehart was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Wilt Heininger. March 6, 1879, she was united in marriage to Jacob P. Swinehart, who preceded her in death February 10, 1922.

Nine children were born to this union, eight of whom survive, namely: Mrs. Arthur Jurey, who is seriously ill at her home near Wyandot; Howard Swinehart, of near Fostoria: Mrs. Minor Swihart, Perle Swinehart and John Swinehart of Upper Sandusky and vicinity; Miss Emma Swinehart, of Columbus; Mrs. Horace Chandler, of near Marseilles, and Miss Mattie Swinehart at home. A son, Solomon, died in infancy.

Also surviving are ten grandchildren and five great grandchildren, and a brother, John S. Heininger, of Redlands California. A sister, Mrs. Henry Nitrauer passed away in November 1930 and two brothers and two sisters died in infancy.

Mrs. Swinehart was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Reformed Church in this city by Rev. Wisner April 14, 1878. She later transferred her membership to Emanuel Evangelical and Reformed Church in Pitt township. She was faithful and active in church work as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Swinehart leaves a wide circle of friends and acquaintances who extend condolences to the bereaved family.

The body has been removed to the J.T. Lucas Co. funeral home. Funeral arrangements have not yet been made.

After Margaret died, the farm was sold at a public auction. The following is the newspaper clipping describing the property for sale:

Farms for Sale

The heirs and administrator of the late Joseph P. Swinehart and Margaret Swinehart, both deceased, will offer for sale at public auction, two farms in Pitt Township, one consisting of eighty (80) acres of land situated on U.S. Route 23, five miles south of Upper Sandusky. The other consisting of several tracts making a total of ninety (90) acres, also situated in the same community. These are good farms and there is approximately fourteen acres of growing wheat and corn and beans will be planted by the time of sale and the landlord’s share of the crops will go to the purchaser.

These farms will be sold separately or together to the highest price received. The terms of the sale are cash. The sale will be held at the residence of the late Margaret Swinehart on U.S. Route 23 five miles south of Upper Sandusky on Saturday, May 22, at 1:30 o’clock p.m. Ohio time. The sellers reserve the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Anyone interested may receive further information from P.A. Swinehart, administrator or Wm. J. Hunter, attorney for the administrator.

As stated in the obituary, Joseph spent 60 of his 70 years of life on the farm where he was born – the homestead of his father Jacob. Wyandot County records show that Jacob bought 38.4 acres in lot number 2 section 23 from Phillip Dewalt. He also owned lots 3 and 4 in section 26 but there is no record of it in Wyandot County. This may have been purchased before Wyandot County became a county and if so the records maybe in Crawford County. It was indicated in Jacob’s will that the property was to be left to Mary Ann, his wife, and that upon her death the property should be sold. After her death, records show the property was transferred from each of Jacob and Mary Ann’s children to their son Joseph P. Swinehart. It is unknown why the property was transferred to Joseph nor in exchange for what. The property and house is down a dead end road and it is the first exit east (Township Road 65), after you pass the second Coons Candy factory going north toward Upper Sandusky on State Route 23. The home is now owned by Gene and Nancy Plott and my brother Scot, Jonathan and I recently visited with them. Nancy was very willing to share information with us about the farm and invited us back. She also gave us copies of the original deed with Jacobs name and copies of transfers to Joseph – copies included with the family history material. She also showed us a large framed photo of the farm that Darrell Swinehart had given to her. I was able to photograph the picture and have included it in this material. At age 60, Joseph and the family moved to a second home about three quarters of a mile away. This house is directly off of State Route 23 and sits on a separate side road that runs parallel to 23. The house is the first house north of the second Coons Candy factory on State Route 23. The house is currently owned by a Beamer family and it is painted dark green.

The tradition of having family reunions was continued when the Joseph P. Swinehart families held their first reunion in Upper Sandusky in 1950. The reunions continued until shortly after Melford’s death. According to records, the first reunion was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Horace Chandler (Vivian Swinehart) near Marseilles with Emma Swinehart in charge. The first elected president was Emma Swinehart and the first elected secretary/treasurer was Roma Thompson. According to the reunion records, the first reunion included, as members, eight living children of Joseph P. Swinehart and Margaret Heininger, their children and grandchildren. The following is taken from the reunion book listing the original members of the family in 1950:

  1. Mrs Adella Jurey
  2. Mr. and Mrs. Hobern Thompson (Roma Jurey)

    Keith and Dwight Shumate by Roma’s former marriage

    Martha Jayne, Eddie and Dianna Kay

  3. Howard Swinehart
  4. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meyers (Lacreta Swinehart)

  5. Mr. and Mrs. Minor Swihart (Verna Swinehart)
  6. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Menninger (Donna Swihart)

    Dianne, David, and James

  7. Mr. and Mrs. Perle Swinehart and son
  8. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Swinehart

    Rosalie and David

  9. Mr. and Mrs. John Swinehart and family
  10. Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Swinehart

    Brian and Rodney

    Mr. and Mrs. Melford Swinehart and Joseph

    Mr. and Mrs. Carl Veith

  11. Mr. and Mrs. Horace Chandler (Vivian Swinehart)
  12. Joyce and Eugene

    Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Fulscher (Wanda Chandler)

  13. Emma Swinehart
  14. Martha Swinehart

There were officers elected each year with responsibilities for reserving a location for the next year, notifying members prior to the event and cleaning up afterwards. In addition, a secretary was elected to maintain official records that included minutes of a short business meeting as well as an official record of births, deaths, and marriages that occurred. The first few reunions were held at the Upper Sandusky Harrison Smith Park and then moved to the lodge at Camp Trinity. Most of the ones I remember attending while growing up were held at Camp Trinity and would usually last most of the day. It was a great time and a good opportunity to get together with cousins. The camp was out in a hilly wooded area near Indian Mill. The camp also served as a boy-scout camp and had several three-sided cabins. Behind the lodge there were hills to climb with a deep ravine to cross and cabins to play in – and of course there was always the river to explore at near by Indian Mill. In later years we would play softball in the big field or throw a football around. I remember when we were younger some of the kids would have to provide entertainment by playing an instrument, singing, or being in a skit which was always horrible in front of all the old people there. In the early years many people would attend, some of which I am still trying to figure out where they fit into the family tree. I didn’t know many of the relatives and there were plenty of aunts to be re-introduced to and to smile at. There was always a lot of food and a wide variety of dishes. As the years went by many of the relatives passed away or moved away and were unable to attend. The group grew smaller with each passing year until at last it was just the brothers and their families and maybe a couple of aunts and uncles would show up for part of the gathering. After dad died we stopped having them.

A record of the reunion was usually written and included in the local Upper Sandusky newspaper. A sample of one held in July 1962 is reprinted below:

Family Reunion

Joseph Swinehart Family

The twelve annual reunion of the Joseph Swinehart family was held Sunday at Camp Trinity with 44 persons in attendance.

At noon a delicious picnic dinner was enjoyed. A short business meeting was held.

The old officers were retained for another year which are President Darrel Swinehart of Nevada; Vice President Eugene Chandler of Upper Sandusky; Secretary-Treasurer Mrs. Mary Jane Boyd of Marion.

Miss Emma Swinehart, of Columbus, was the program chairman. During the program, songs, recitations and skits were presented with David Fulscher of Columbus, Douglas and Neil of Nevada, and Gary Veith of Upper Sandusky taking part.

The reunion will be held at the same place next year.

Adult Children of Joseph P. Swinehart and Margaret Heininger

Taken 1949 From Left to Right: Verna, Howard, Mattie, Perle, Emma, Vivian, Adella and John.

 

The following information is provided about the nine children of Joseph P. and Margaret Swinehart in order to provide a little family history:

  1. Adella Myrtie "Della" Swinehart was born January 4, 1881 and died March 12, 1964. She was a teacher before marriage and according to family stories she was the teacher for her younger sister Vivian. According to Vivian, Adella was very hard on her about her studies. Adella married Arthur Michael Jurey October 05, 1905. They had three children, however only one – Roma Fern Jurey lived to adulthood. The other two children died in infancy or at birth. Roma married Hobern Thompson.
  2. Joseph Howard Swinehart (known as Howard) was born January 21, 1883 and died July 26, 1960. He was married to Florence Hazel Snyder and they had one child – Lacreta Swinehart who married Robert Meyers. Howard was originally a carpenter in Toledo Ohio and only in later life did he return to farming raising sheep, hogs and horses in or near Wyandot County.
  3. Verna Agnes Swinehart was born October 19, 1884 and died September 24, 1970. Verna was the only daughter that was not a teacher. She worked as a seamstress and would live with a family while she made each member of the family an entire wardrobe. She was also known as an excellent baker and baked pies for Wood’s Restaurant (later this restaurant was relocated to east of town and called Wood’s Steer Barn) in Upper Sandusky. She married Minor Swihart. They lived in Columbus and had one child whom they adopted – Donna Marie (Minigan) Swihart. Donna Marie married Frederick Menninger and had three children. Verna and Minor are both buried in Old Mission Cemetery Upper Sandusky.
  4. Perle A. Swinehart was born December 17, 1887 and died January 20, 1969. He married Carrie L. Beidelshies and they had one child – Harold D. Swinehart. Harold was also a farmer and married Dorothy Alice Rife and they had two children Perle David Swinehart and Rosalie Swinehart. Rosalie married Allen Anthony and they have three children. After Harold Swinehart died in 1980, Dorothy married Harold Fox.
  5. Emma A. Swinehart was born May 29, 1890 and died June 1975. She was also a certified schoolteacher, although she worked as a telephone operator and in other positions for Western Union for over 40 years. Against her family’s protests, she married Millard Swihart, a brother of Minor Swihart. Her family was very opposed to the union and it lasted only briefly – according to Wanda Lee Fulscher, possibly less than a week and he took off. She moved to Columbus shortly after separating from Millard and began working for Western Union. One of the highlights of her life was a two-month cruise she took of Europe in 1950. She toured Scotland, England, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France. Even today that would be quite an adventure. She was buried in Oak Hill Cemetery Upper Sandusky in the same plot as her parents, her sister Mattie, and infant brother Jacob Solomon.
  6. John Stanley Swinehart was born March 18, 1892 and died October 1971. He married Bernice Mary Courtad. For further information see separate section.
  7. Martha Mae (Mattie) Swinehart was born May 22, 1894 and died August 1, 1986. She was also a schoolteacher and never married. She remained at the family home taking care of her mother Margaret and after Margaret’s death she moved to Columbus and lived with her sister Emma. She worked in a government job in downtown Columbus.
  8. Vivian M. Swinehart was born January 6, 1897 and died June 25, 1975. She was also a schoolteacher and married Horace Chandler. They meet while taking classes at Ohio Normal (Northern) University. They had four children although one - Mildred Irene died when she was nine years old. The other children, Joyce Marie Chandler – married William Lorenz; Eugene Chandler – married Margaret Gottfried; and Wanda Lee Chandler - married Eugene Fulscher. It is interesting that Horace had four sisters all of whom were teachers and attended Ohio Normal University (now known as Ohio Northern University) at Ada Ohio. Horace was a farmer and they lived in Marseilles all their lives and both are buried in the Chandler Cemetery in Marseilles. Part of the Chandler farm and the home was purchased by the state and is part of the Killdere Plains Wildlife Preserve.
  9. Jacob Solomon Swinehart was born November 2, 1899 and died in 1901 at age 17 months. According to Wanda Lee Fulscher, Solomon had some type of spinal problem since birth and could never sit up.

It is interesting to note that of the eight children that lived to adulthood, only Vivian and John had more than one child that lived to adulthood – three each. Emma and Mattie had no children and the other four each only had one child and one of them – Verna’s - was adopted. This is in particular contrast since there were eight in their family and since their grandfather Jacob had 9 children and their great grandfather Johannes had 11 children. Maybe the other large families contributed to Joseph and Margaret’s children deciding to limit their family sizes.

There are currently several Swinehart, as well as Swihart, families living in or around Upper Sandusky. At one point I was curious how we were all related so I contacted several of the Swineharts to determine their ancestry. It turns out that several of the Swineharts are children of Russell Swinehart and so I contacted him as well. At the time he was 76 and provided me with the name of his father and grandfather, however he did not know who is great grandfather was nor where he came from. He said that Uncle Darrell Swinehart had always told him that they were "kissing cousins", but he did not know where the connection was. After I found out that his grandfather was named Benjamin, I traced his family back to Glenford in Perry County and was able to determine that his great grandfather – Samuel - was my great-great grandfather Jacob’s brother. Our common ancestor was Johannes (John) Jr. from Perry County. After explaining it to him I sent him a copy of the family genealogy reports. He was very happy to be able to trace his family back to connect with ours. I have yet to track down one other Swinehart family living in Upper Sandusky. They believe their ancestors to have come from Canada and it has been more difficult to trace their line, however, I expect that sooner or later they too are related to some of the line while in Pennsylvania or Maryland and at least they go back to Conrad in Germany. Sometime I would like to follow this up as well as make the Upper Sandusky Swihart connection that I am sure exists.

Rather than try to duplicate the information here concerning most of our relatives as well as information on their spouses and related individuals, readers are encouraged to explore the history and names associated with the Swinehart name in the genealogy reports that I have provided – specifically the "Descendants of Conrad Schweinhardt". In addition to the information on the Swineharts, there is a considerable amount of information on the related names particularly Hufford, Courtad, and Moyer. With the information gathered, not only has the Swinehart name been traced back to Europe but also the Courtad, Hufford, Heininger, Straw and Von Blon lines and I am still working on the rest. The Swinehart name is traced back to 1620 and the Hufford name to 1554.

In addition to the names identified above, the following names are associated with the Swinehart and Moyer lines and are direct great grandparents: Bibler, Bush, Cady, Corfman, Courtad, Cover, Deturk, Duddleson, Dunkleberger, Eckert, Frey, Greever, Gruber, Hauer, Heininger, Henterich, Hoel, Keister, Kelly, Kiem, Kneer, Kuechler, Lehman, Longwell, Mathers, Mills, Most, Moyer, Ocker, Reigle, Sauer, Sautz, Seutz, Smith, Specht, Staley, Star, Steinbach, Stihli, Stoner, Straw, Stutzen, Thompson, Von Blon, Ward, Weber, Wilt, Wine, and Zircher. The following names, although not direct ancestors, are frequently intermarried with our Swinehart and Moyer ancestors: Anspach, Bickel, Bolyard, Boop, Boyer, Chandler, Coble, Cooperrider, Ekleberry, Ellis, Guyton, Ice, Kobel, Lessig, Reifschneider, Ridenour, Wiest, Winegardner, Wright and Zartman. I have compiled a Family Tree Maker file/database that includes an index of Swinehart names and specific names associated with the Swinehart family. The total number of individuals included is over 6,000 at this time and would be even larger if more time could be devoted to it. There you will find as much information as I have been able to obtain about the family. I hope it will be helpful.

Ancestral names associated with the Swinehart line and a brief history:

Courtad

Bernice Swinehart’s maiden name was Courtad. She was the daughter of August Joseph (AJ) Courtad and Emmaline Von Blon. August was born March 09, 1866 in Wyandot County Ohio and died December 17, 1958 at age 92 in Upper Sandusky Wyandot County OH. Emmaline was born October 27, 1866 in Wyandot County Ohio and died September 28, 1941 at age 74 in Upper Sandusky Wyandot County Ohio. They are both buried at the Old Mission Cemetery at Upper Sandusky Ohio.

August J. and Emmaline Courtad Family